Acute hemodynamic responses to yoga exercise


Acute hemodynamic responses to yoga exercise

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dc.contributor.advisor Tanaka, Hirofumi, Ph. D.
dc.creator Miles, Steven Charles, 1980- 2010-12-22T22:08:04Z 2010-12-22T22:08:09Z 2010-12-22T22:08:04Z 2010-12-22T22:08:09Z 2010-08 2010-12-22 August 2010
dc.description.abstract The primary purpose of the present study was to determine the acute hemodynamic responses to twenty-three select yoga postures in advanced and novice yoga practitioners. Additionally, we sought to determine if trunk flexibility is related to arterial stiffness. Using a cross-sectional study design, 37 apparently healthy adults (26 females and 11 males; 22-71 years old) were divided into two groups according to level of yoga experience. Beat-to-beat measures of blood pressure, stroke volume, cardiac work-load, cardiac output, and total peripheral resistance were measured using a finger plethysmograph during the yoga routine. Baseline measures of trunk flexibility (sit-and-reach scores and inclinometer measurements) and arterial stiffness (carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity) were also compared. Yoga postures elicited significant increases in heart rate, blood pressure and cardiac output (P<0.05) for both groups. There was no difference in blood pressure responses between the two groups throughout the yoga testing session. Lumbar flexion, as measured by an inclinometer, was significantly (P<0.01) and inversely associated with cfPWV (r=-0.52).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Yoga
dc.subject Exercise
dc.subject Blood pressure
dc.subject Trunk flexibility
dc.subject Arterial stiffness
dc.title Acute hemodynamic responses to yoga exercise 2010-12-22T22:08:09Z
dc.contributor.committeeMember Farrar, Roger P.
dc.description.department Kinesiology and Health Education
dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text Kinesiology and Health Education Kinesiology University of Texas at Austin Masters Master of Arts

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